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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,188 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,188
Reviews: 1,420
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 628
Gots: 1,525 | FT: 141
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007)
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Rimbimhoot

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-24-2013 04:23:21 | More by Rimbimhoot
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jgreenward

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-25-2012 00:19:10 | More by jgreenward
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TCmichigan

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.6%

10-02-2013 04:19:23 | More by TCmichigan
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Roland45s

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-06-2012 13:53:37 | More by Roland45s
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Mike099

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-09-2013 07:23:31 | More by Mike099
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.6%

03-20-2013 20:18:10 | More by tom10101
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-22-2013 03:34:38 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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xenjoiii

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-19-2012 15:05:12 | More by xenjoiii
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ebin

Indiana

4/5  rDev -7.6%

02-25-2013 16:17:39 | More by ebin
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KingCharles

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-30-2012 17:49:38 | More by KingCharles
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watermelon

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle 2013 release poured into a snifter glass.

A: Dark brown body with a khaki brown head

S: Smells strongly of bourbon could be a bit more complex.

T: Taste of bourbon and vanilla upfront along with some darker fruits.

M: Slight alcohol burn but nothing off putting by any means. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a beer of this caliber.

O: Real decent scotch ale. Not the best barrel aged beer I've had but it is defiantly one that I will pick up year after year.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 00:20:09 | More by watermelon
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed goblet. Bottled on 9/27. Consumed on 11/17. Written from notes.

A - Brown approaching black with a purplish tinge. No head. Off white ring of foam on edges of glass. Light carbonation.

S - Bourbon, caramel, toffee, and molasses. Very boozy, but expected.

T - Boozy, but not as strong as I expected. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and brown sugar. Very warming.

M - Low point of beer. Lightly carbonated. Somewhat thick. Not much going on here.

O - Other than mouthfeel, a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 15:09:58 | More by Duane_Opfer
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahh the Lions,enough said.Backwoods Bastard poured into a small tulip glass an awesome deep mahogany with with amber hue,a tight formed clingy tannish colored head atop,great clarity and a great pour.Deep complex malt aromas with the bourbon barrel showing through,vanilla and cherry notes dominate with some wood and a tinge of sweet alcohol.Obviously not a beer to start turkey day with but I did,its a sipper but not a head knocker.Flavors are pretty sweet up front with vanill,caramel and cherry flavors dominating,the bourbon flavor is prevelent but not overpowering,theere is a noticeablr drying leafy finish.A great beer,like I said asipper but it wont slow you down to much,a few of these and I might enjoy the Lions game.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 18:12:39 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bourbon flavored aged ale pours brown with a nice tan head. Lovely soft burnt carmel nose, with hints of fruited toffee. Smokey-campfire malty flavors with dried fruit flavors and characteristics. Desireable creamy fruit and malty mouth and long on hops in the finish. Excellent character and quality.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 09:39:08 | More by GRG1313
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jhoban19

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: deep reddish-brown, hazy with light brown head. Foam settles rather quickly but leaves a strong amount of lacing that holds strong all around the glass.

S: Backwoods Bastard has initial aromas of molasses. As it warms strong aromas of caramel, vanilla and bourbon come forward. Further warming reveals some dark fruit, cherries I think, and some very subtle roasted and chocolate malt.

T: Flavors are heavy on the caramel, bourbon and cherries. Subtle hints of vanilla and molasses linger in the aftertaste. As I approach the bottom of the glass, a mild bitterness from the roasted malts swirl around the back of the tongue.

M: Medium bodied and syrupy with a long, lingering finish that has just the right amount of sweetness and carbonation. That sweet finish is followed up with a snap of boozy dryness and a gentle tingle / numbness that I associate with a good scotch.

D: I've done this a little bit backwards- I haven't yet had Dirty Bastard to compare with its barrel-aged brother. On its own I'm really enjoying this brew. The combination of flavors and finish are just right. The 10.2% is definitely noticeable but not overly hot. I think it would be even better with some grilled pork in a rich mushroom sauce- perhaps next time.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 03:09:09 | More by jhoban19
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kirkpjr

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes - 5/6/10.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown that light up with red when held to light. Two fingers of light beige head. Lacing develops immediately.

S: Maple syrup, light bourbon, and cream. This is one of the more unique beers I've smelled. Biscuits and breadiness here, with some very sweet malts - smells almost like pancakes with some type of bourbon butter.

T: Oak, vanilla, sweet malt, and bourbon. Pretty much tastes just like it smells. Very warming and filling.

M: Creamy with lightly above average body. Moderate carbonation. Nice lingering, warming bourbon finish.

D: Quite boozy. Couldn't have more than 1 or 2. Nice filling after dinner beer though.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 00:22:59 | More by kirkpjr
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz. bottle pours murky brown, with only the slightest hint of ruby. Little cream head.

S - Aroma of caramel, vanilla and fig

T - Taste is a nice sweet toffee and caramel, followed by some slight roasted nut. Definitely delicious bourbon on the finish.

M - Medium body with some solid residual sweetness. Very light carbonation, with a slight tannic roasty finish.

D - A little boozy, and I think I'll try to age my remaining bottle and see how it mellows.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:47:14 | More by ChrisPro
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youngblood

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

50 IBU and 10.2% on neck. Needs to be updated on here. First scotch ale here.
A- Poured with small head (only had 5 oz. pour). Deep amber color.
S- Smells very much like bourbon. I knew I was in for a treat just by the smell. Semi-sweet, obviously upfront alcohol notes.
T- It was like a less potent bourbon. Simply amazing. Sweetness was fit right in between initial alcohol punch and slight hops at the backside.
M- Very nice feel. Crystal smooth and gentle feeling.
D- ABV is a knock out.
Overall, fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 14:31:29 | More by youngblood
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Infiniteingest

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generally: Beers aged in Bourbon Barrels = not my thing. I find almost universally that the vanilla from the oak itself, and the residual bourbon notes overpower the malt and, when brewers try to balance it all out with hops... chaos. Leave it to Founders to provide the exception to the rule.

The Pour: A handsome looking beer, falling right in line with the chestnut browns typical of Scotch Ales. There's a very light, almost wispy head that lingers for just a moment or two.

Face in the glass: Bourbon and caramel malts, with some subtle hints of earthiness and spice.

With Regard to Taste: On more than one occasion, I have dumped my whisk(e)y into my beer. This reminds me of that concoction in the best possible way. A parade of bourbon and oaky vanilla riding around on delicious caramel and spice floats. Extremely well balanced.

Epitoma: A wonderful late-fall sipper, guaranteed to warm your bones.

Serving type: Bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 00:44:09 | More by Infiniteingest
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep, cloudy amber, with about a finger of tan head.

Powerful nose of oak and bourbon, with a bit of fruit as well.

The smell does not lie. This beer starts with flavors of bourbon and wood aging, and follows with vanilla, caramel, a bit of fruit, and alcohol warmth at the end.

Smooth and thick, this is pleasant to drink. The alcohol is clearly there, but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 05:02:36 | More by Pellinore1
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a hazy dark borwn-red with a strong aroma of bourbon, malty dark fruit and a hint of molasses, with the 10.2% alcohol entering the fray at mid-glass. Mouthfeel is full, slightly chewy and a tad tingly, as the taste perfectly accentuates the scents of the nose. Rounds to a nice long warming finish.

Enjoyed with a nice cigar to round it all out.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 01:19:07 | More by kimcgolf
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh Bottle

Appearance - Beautiful maroon / dark red, barely a head on it and what is there disappears rather quickly. Alcohol sticking to the glass, great lacing.

Smell - BOURBON, seriously in your face. It kind of smells like i just smelled a shot of jim beam, but it is pretty balanced. A nice warm vanilla undertone to move you through the bourbon smell. You can smell the wood and definitely reminiscent of a scotch ale. Smells amazing

Taste - Definitely follows the nose, bourbon, vanilla, oak, deep deep malts and dark fruits. It tastes a little hot right now but this is a pretty fresh bottle.

Mouthfeel - thick and chewy, little carbonation. nice for this style

Overall - I had this beer for the first time when it had a year on it and i was absolutely blown away. I think i prefer this beer with more age on it. When i found out my local shop had it i went and bought three 4 packs because thats how much i loved it when i first had it. However, the newer bottle tastes a lot different than an aged one. I really wanted to review this one higher, i should have taken notes on the first one. But honestly this is a spectacular brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 23:19:41 | More by aorloski
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Backwoods Bastard pours a ruby mahogony with a dense off white head and some lace. Poured into a snifter to maximize aroma.

Nose is of sweet bready malts and a whiff of bourbon like booziness.

Flavor features some complex maltyness. There is a bourbonesque booze and a woody, earthy note from the barrel aging. Chocolate covered cherries. Vanilla. Oak.Faint resinous hops. Then some clean solvent alcohol in the warming finish.

Luxurious and smooth.

A strong, full flavored beer. Complex and a sipper for sure, though I could drink so much more in an ideal setting.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2009 05:49:30 | More by Stinkypuss
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KidsDoc

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip

A: dark orange/brown with full tan head that sat tight and left pure residue down the glass

S: very sweet: toffee aroma, woody, a coconut smell I can't explain. Very subtle bouron aroma

T: Much stronger with the wood/oak flavor but even more pronounced in the taste is this "coconut" that I couldn't get past. It certainly wasn't bad, but nothing I expected from this - it truly was reminiscent of a pina colada with the mix of bourbon (in place of rum)/coconut. This all set on a huge sweet, malt backbone.

M: light to medium body with full but soft carbonation

O: alcohol incredibly well-hidden. Not at all the tast profile I anticipated but certainly enjoyable. For the price (at least in my area), this will not be a yearly must-have but I will no doubt enjoy this beer another time or two.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 00:58:20 | More by KidsDoc
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haazer

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into a pint glass. Been wanting to try this one.

A- The pour is a mohagony red, with orange and ruby highlights. Good carbonation is present. The head settles after a minute to about one and a half fingers worth, very creamy and good retention with the high abv. The head is tan in color. The brew appears to become darker as it sits. I compare it mostly to a cream soda in appearance. Lace is left on the glass as this goes down.

S- Aroma upfront is a sweet vanilla blend. Transitions well from the vanilla into dry oak. Good amount of bourbon in the background, and the slightest hint of the booze. The best and strongest aroma in this is the vanilla. It's like this was vanilla cream stirred for a few minutes with an oak branch. There is an "after aroma" of fruityness, suggesting a decent serving of hops.

T- This is bourbon whiskey in beer form. Reminds me a little bit of makers mark. With the intial taste is smack in the palatte bourbon flavor. There is a subtle transition to vanilla and oak midway through the flavor. Molasses sneaks its way in, then is buried by the heat from the barrels and 10.2%.

M- The mouth is medium bodied, and smooth. Slightly dry finish at the end. Interestingly enough theres some heat in this beer in the beginning, but the heat mellows out as the beer warms.

D- I'm gonna have to give the score the lowest on this. The look is great, the smell is great, it tastes good, but the bourbon is almost overbearing. I have a lot of flashbacks of my prior whiskey binges in life and instantly feel hung over. I shouldn't let that deter the drinkability because I do like whiskey but its extreme. Definitely one for those who love bourbon though.

Founders does not make a bad beer. The do just about everything right in any style they try.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 06:20:42 | More by haazer
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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